Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 30, 2011
Animal-assisted therapy decreases patient anxiety in pre-MRI setting, study suggests
Patients who undergo MRI often suffer from elevated anxiety. Patient discomfort may cause poor image quality due to motion artifacts or early termination.

Maternal obesity puts infants at risk
Babies born to obese mothers are at risk for iron deficiency, which could affect infant brain development.

Video games may help clear airway of cystic fibrosis patients
Video games controlled by the player's breath can encourage youths with cystic fibrosis to use techniques that can help keep their airways clearer, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Denver.

Formula-fed preemies at higher risk for dangerous GI condition than babies who get donor milk
Extremely premature babies fed human donor milk are less likely to develop the dangerous intestinal condition necrotizing enterocolitis than babies fed a standard premature infant formula derived from cow's milk, according to research by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and elsewhere.

Dual-energy CT may be useful in evaluating the severity of gout, study suggests
The incidence of gout is on the rise and duel energy CT has the potential to allow non-invasive diagnosis of the disease, according to radiologists at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital, in Vancouver, B.C.

Chemical found in crude oil linked to congenital heart disease
While it may be years before the health effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are known, a new study shows that fetal exposure to a chemical found in crude oil is associated with an increased risk of congenital heart disease.

EDs should be aware of sexually transmitted infection risk in patients
All adolescent females who show up in the emergency department (ED) complaining primarily of lower abdominal pain and/or urinary or genital symptoms should be tested for sexually transmitted infections.

Metal-free click polymerization of propiolates and azides
Researchers have expanded the range of monomer pairs used in their established metal-free click polymerization of aroylacetylene-azides to propiolate-azides.

Pediatricians confront the childhood obesity epidemic
Childhood obesity has become a significant health problem worldwide, but many parents don't know where to begin or how to help their child adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Race a factor in whether young women are tested for sexually transmitted infections
When adolescent females visit a pediatric emergency department with complaints that may signal a sexually transmitted infection, white youths are less likely to be tested than blacks.

New transplant research from NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Available for expert commentary on the latest research findings presented at the 2011 American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia, April 30 to May 4, is Dr.

Male doctors more likely to be disciplined for misconduct
Male doctors are four times more likely than female doctors to be disciplined for misconduct, and sexual misconduct is the most common reason for disciplinary action, a University of Melbourne, Australia study has found.

Pediatricians examine impact of environmental disasters on children's health
In two sessions at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo., experts in pediatric health care from the U.S. and Japan will examine the toll of two recent disasters on children's health: the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan; and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Errors put infants, children at risk for overdose of painkillers
Parents who give young children prescription painkillers should take extra care to make sure they give just the right amount.

Record funding award given to Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ohio University has received the largest private donation ever given to an Ohio college.
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